5 June 2008
Czech Parliament is close to approving the data retention implementation as an Act amending the Electronic Communications Act (127/2005 Coll.). Due to the early introduction of the data retention obligation in the text of the 2005 Act, the current amending draft law implementing the data retention directive is more specific.
EDRi-member IuRe intended to take the opportunity to amend the Act in order to respect privacy. IuRe prepared a set of amendments aiming to shorten the retention period to 6 months (currently one year), to include data that are subject to retention into the text of the Act (currently the data are specified only in a Minister regulation, so it can be modified without parliamentary debates) and to prevent intelligence services from accessing the retained data. Risk of misusing the databases for other purposes than those specified in the directive is obvious: the intentions to allow the use of operational and localization data by the intelligence services leaked to the press in November 2007 and it was acknowledged recently by the Government.Bogdan